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Terror in the Desert 

Earp meets the wife of a man who was convicted of theft and sentenced to Yuma prison where escaped prisoners are tracked and killed by Apaches for the reward. The woman claims that her husband is innocent and was framed by Sheriff Behan.

Director:

Paul Landres

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp
Steve Brodie ... Sheriff Johnny Behan
James Seay ... Judge Spicer
Richard Crane ... Tom Grover
Jacqueline Scott ... Beth Grover
Francis McDonald ... Pat Few
Richard Reeves ... Bucko
Stanley Clements ... Dugan
David Fresco ... Moody
Peter Mamakos ... Baxter
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Storyline

Arizona convicted felons are sent to Yuma prison which has a hard reputation. Prisoners who escape are tracked and killed by Apaches rather than recaptured so the guards can split the reward. In Tombstone Sheriff Johnny Behan has a theft case against Tom Grover with Pat Few as a witness against him. Tom's wife Beth confronts Behan with a revolver but Earp intervenes. Behan lets the episode go and Earp has no jurisdiction. Beth tells Earp Tom is being framed by Behan. Earp agrees to talk to Judge Spicer who based on the evidence given sentences Tom to three years in Yuma. Tom secretly tells Earp the conviction is retribution for going against the Ten Percent Ring and Beth marrying him instead of Behan. Earp knows prisoners often don't make it to Yuma so he tells Tom not to escape as he will follow Tom. Behan tells the guards he doesn't want Tom making it to Yuma. The guards fall asleep at night to let the three prisoners escape but the next morning Tom is still there. Earp stops them ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wyatt Earp Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Yuma Prison in the 1880s was a notorious hole of misery. Convicts inside and prisoners being transported there desperately risked their lives to escape, and when they did, territorial authorities hired Apache renegades to track them down. The Apaches, however, did not capture them - they killed to collect the reward money. This state of affairs was brought forcibly to the attention of Marshal Wyatt Earp.
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Soundtracks

The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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